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for your reporting. >>> and now we look at the sobering news on education, and just how quickly the rest of the world is passing us by. we get details tonight from our chief education correspondent rehema ellis. >> reporter: the test results are in, and for american students the numbers are going in the wrong direction. about half a million students from 65 countries took the pisa exam, international tests of 15-year-olds given every three years. >> while 40 out of the 65 countries that participated in the test improved, the u.s. performance remained fundamentally flat. >> reporter: of 34 industrialized countries, the united states is nowhere near the top of the list. and since 2009, the last time the tests were taken, its ranking has dropped in all three subjects now placing 26th in math, 21st in science, and 17th in reading. >> we're running in place as other high-performing countries start to lap us. >> reporter: some of those ranking ahead of the united states are china, canada, germany, poland and latvia, even developing countries like vietnam. >> asian countries like korea, like ja
public. nbc news has chosen not to broadcast the tapes. our chief education correspondent did listen to them today to see if they reveal anything new. good evening. >> good evening. a judge ruled just last week that while these calls could be a searing reminder of the horror on that awful day they could also support the professionalism and bravery of the adults involved. though the seven recordings made public included very little new information about what happened, what struck me is how calm everyone seemed during this ordial, still, when you look at the faces of those innocent people, you understand why the release of the 911 calls is not only so sensitive to those who lost loved ones but also the entire newtown community. we heard from two teachers. both sounded remarkably calm in front of the children. we also heard from a custodian who stayed on the line with police through the ordeal. you could hear gunshots in the background as he spoke. but what did you not hear was chaos or screaming or children's voices. while many parents did not want these tapes to be released, i did spe
-paying jobs. 40,000 in education and health care. 27,000 in manufacturing. 17,000 construction jobs. so they're coming in the right places. they're coming slower than people wanted, but don't forget. we came from a very, very dark place. and so the light is starting to shine. >> the unemployment picture is encouraging for a lot of people. for men the rate is 6.7%. for women, 6.2%. but really discouraging for african-americans. 12.5% don't have a job. and look at teenagers. nearly 21% are out of work. nationwide, long-term unemployment is not improving. more than 4 million people have been out of work for six months or longer. still, eye glass designer warby parker is hiring. software engineers and retail employees. >> we're currently planning for 2014. looks like we'll hire about 150 people next year. >> reporter: tonight reason for optimism with the unemployment rate the lowest in five years. tom costello, nbc news, washington. >>> and on this friday night, there's much more still ahead for us including the americans touched by mandela during his time in america. >>> nelson mandela was sent
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